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turned cat litter box into nest box

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well, yesterday i turned one of those big, deep cat litter boxes with a lid into a nest box for my girls. i set it up on a shelf-like-thing in their coop. i put a couple bricks in the bottom though, cuz i wanted it to be heavier so it wouldn't fall, don't know if i needed to do that, but i did. the 2 that are laying now LOVED it!!! i wish i had thought of this before i ordered a double X-large nest box from MPC. oh well, i'm sure i'll be happy with that too....but i could've saved some money. i don't even need the ordered nest box yet....but one day i will! i'm getting more chicks this spring...can't wait!

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I was thinking of getting one of those. Right now I use milk crates with straw,and a wicker laundry basket.

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My plastic bin is screwed to the wood nest box it sits on.  The litter box (from a past cat who wouldn't use it) is weighed down with 2 bricks as it's on the floor.

Ventilation -- may be the most important aspect of coop design

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14 hatchery and mutt hens

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Ventilation -- may be the most important aspect of coop design

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

14 hatchery and mutt hens

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I have a covered litter box in my grow-out pen for shelter for the youngsters.  Now that they are getting bigger and I have let them out with the flock, I am getting two eggs a day in it.  I caught my buff Brahma hen laying in it, but don't know yet who the other one is.  I have also been checking Craigslist for dog houses to put around for added shelter and/or laying.

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Official scribe of the citizens of Brahmalot, personal servant to the kings and queens therein.  Proud owner of not one, but two Great Dane puppies!
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post #5 of 13

Cat boxes are ideal. I`ve always liked and used single nest boxes. I find that, in the event of a broody, just pick up the whole box, broody and all, and move her to a private pen for the remainder of her duties. No hassels with eggs being added, no danger to the chicks, or unwanted attention from the rooster. I use plywood nest boxes, but the cat box is ideally the same. You`ll like it...........Pop

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In God We Trust

Siyah Rampuri Asil, White Chinese, Emden, and African Geese, Guineas, a Rottweiler (Bella), and a Yellow Lab (Booger). Fifty five years with chickens and still learning.

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post #6 of 13

I use wine crates. About the same size as a litter box I guess.

Filled with pine shavings, they prefer the wine crates over the nesting
boxes I had custom built!

17 chickens (2 New Hampshires; 2 Dominiques; 2 Giant Whites; 2 Dark Brahmas; 1 Buttercups; 3 Astrolorps 2 Easter Eggers, 1 Sumatra & 2 mutts. Two horses: Morgan, Paint; two dogs, one cat, one, very patient, husband.
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17 chickens (2 New Hampshires; 2 Dominiques; 2 Giant Whites; 2 Dark Brahmas; 1 Buttercups; 3 Astrolorps 2 Easter Eggers, 1 Sumatra & 2 mutts. Two horses: Morgan, Paint; two dogs, one cat, one, very patient, husband.
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post #7 of 13

We have been using a covered cat litter box for months as well and our girls love it too!

What's the two things they tell you are healthiest to eat? Chicken and fish. You know what you should do? Combine them, eat a penguin.

 

Primary breeds I raise/sell eggs and chicks from:  EE, dark Cornish bantams, silkies of mixed color, bantam cochins of mixed color, Naked Neck/showgirls, BLRW bantams, Khaki Campbell ducks, and Coturnix quail.

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What's the two things they tell you are healthiest to eat? Chicken and fish. You know what you should do? Combine them, eat a penguin.

 

Primary breeds I raise/sell eggs and chicks from:  EE, dark Cornish bantams, silkies of mixed color, bantam cochins of mixed color, Naked Neck/showgirls, BLRW bantams, Khaki Campbell ducks, and Coturnix quail.

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post #8 of 13

All of my nestboxes are extra large, covered litter boxes.  I do have a wire dog crate covered in opaque plastic in the juvenile coop for the meaties to use as a nestbox.  Even the largest litter box is not big enough for them girls.

If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #9 of 13

Great idea!

Our nesting boxes are old wooden apple crates.

post #10 of 13
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should i use pine shavings or hay? i've been using hay, but i wonder if they would love the pine shavings? BTW, isn't it cute when a hen is getting ready to lay, and she situates herself a billion times and also takes bits of hay and picks them up with her beak and puts them to her side or behind her? i just think they're so cute!!!

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